Andy Roddick reached the semifinals at the Australian Open for the fourth time on Tuesday in Melbourne after World No. 3 Novak Djokovic bowed out and retired in the fourth set, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2, 2-1. After an opening set dominated by the Serbian superstar, Roddick wore down Djokovic who was fading fast from the Melbourne heat.
"It was hot out there by I worked pretty hard during the offseason, that was for days like today. I felt good, so that probably got me through"
The weather was scortching hot down under, currently 95º in the shade. Given the hard court at Rod Laver Arena, and the sun beating down during the match, it's a mircale that Andy Roddick was the only victim. A thermometer on the court was over its limit of 60º C, which converts to an astonishing 140º F.
Novak Djokovic's agression in the beginning quickly faltered in heat, and by the third set, it was obvious that he was suffering. He was slow, winded, and melting like the Wicked Witch of the West. Which ironically for Djokovic, resembles his personality.
Roddick smelled blood, and worked on defeating the Serbian, pressing, and running Djokovic back and forth across the court.
"You're trying to deliver the knock out blow, but only he knows when it's coming."
Next up for the American is the winner of the other quarterfinal of Del Potro and Roger Federer. Either one will be a battle for Roddick, who could be an underdog to both men.
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